Top Ranked

Best Law Firms in Each Practice Area

Not every firm is created equal. Find out how top firms stack up when it comes to specific practice areas.

  • Survey Methodology

    In order to determine the Vault Practice Area Rankings, associates were able to vote for up to three firms in their own practice area, but were not permitted to vote for their own firm. Self-identified corporate associates were allowed to vote only in the corporate-related categories (securities, banking and financial services, etc.); litigators were allowed to vote in the litigation categories, and so on. Our rankings indicate the top firms in each area, as well as the total percentage of votes.

  • Ranking History

2017 Best Law Firms for Appellate Litigation

1
% OF VOTES
30.84

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

With powerhouse practices ranging from M&A to appellate law, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher does its share of high-stakes work. Founded in Los Angeles in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
1
2
% OF VOTES
19.67

Williams & Connolly LLP

Relatively tiny Williams & Connolly has resisted globalization and continues to hold its own against firms ten times its size by following a basic...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
3
3
% OF VOTES
19.62

Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP

Started in 1997, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP is a relative newcomer to the elite firm ranks but already boasts approximately 280 lawyers and has...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
2
4
% OF VOTES
19.40

Jones Day

A heavy-hitter with a hand in most major areas of law and an internationally-recognized prowess in litigation, Jones Day uses its size and reach-offices...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
4
5
% OF VOTES
13.58

WilmerHale

Since Wilmer Cutler Pickering LLP and Hale and Dorr LLP merged to become WilmerHale in 2004, the firm has established itself as one of the preeminent...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
5
6
% OF VOTES
11.49

Bancroft PLLC

Editor's note: In September 2016  Kirkland & Ellis announced that had hired all Bancroftt PLLC attorneys, effectively shuttering Bancroft...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
6
7
% OF VOTES
11.22

Sidley Austin LLP

The firm's roots trace back to its formation in Chicago in 1866 and the firm is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Historical clients included former...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
7
8
% OF VOTES
11.17

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has been cultivating the persona of an eccentric genius-shocking the often-staid (OK, uptight) legal world with its...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
10
9
% OF VOTES
10.90

Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, PLLC

Washington, DC-based Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel is a firm that thrives in the trial and appellate world, including cases that bring...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
12
10
% OF VOTES
10.74

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown is a leading international law firm with offices in key business centers across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and employs more than 1,500...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
8

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